AFTRS has a long and successful history of postgraduate study. It is consistently rated as one of the top 15 film schools in the world by industry publication The Hollywood Reporter, the only Australian education institution on this list. Our radio graduates have a 98% employment rate.

AFTRS works closely with industry to ensure its courses are relevant and future-focused. Our graduates are sought after for employment and projects across the country and around the world and have won and been nominated for a slate of Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, BAFTA, AACTA and Commercial Radio Awards.

2018 applications for postgraduate courses are now closed.

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The Master of Arts Screen is a hands-on transformative learning experience. The two year, full-time  degree is designed to enable the future creative leaders of the industry and fast-track screen professionals into head of department positions.  

AFTRS’ Masters is highly regarded by the industry both in Australia and globally. Graduates have won or been nominated for a slate of awards and have a track record of appointment into senior positions at major production houses, broadcasters and national and state screen bodies such as Matchbox Pictures, Essential Media, Channel 7,  Channel Ten, SBS, Screen Australia and Create NSW.

Our rapidly changing, globalised screen industry demands that graduates can combine excellence in craft skills with a deep understanding of their voice.  This course, available in 10 disciplines, offers shared subjects, deep discipline learning and cross-disciplinary projects to allow you develop this dynamic and multi-faceted skill-set. An ongoing cycle of practical collaborations enables you to hone your skills, apply creative thinking to real-world scenarios and develop life-long partnerships. The course culminates in a funded, major creative work.  

Ten disciplines are offered in 2018: Animation, Cinematography, Directing, Documentary, Editing, Music, Producing, Production Design, Screenwriting and Sound.  


A unique program of professional development, training and mentorship. Key features include:  

  • taught by the Heads of Discipline, award winning Australian practitioners
  • industry-led collaborative exercises
  • facilities and funds to develop a portfolio of high level work
  • one-to-one mentorships with screen leaders
  • masterclasses with award-winning international guest speakers
  • unrivalled world-class production facilities
  • four week professional placement tailored to your goals
  • dedicated Masters collaborative working space
  • small class size – maximum of 6 places per discipline
  • three days face-to-face teaching with two days free to pursue individual projects or work
  • scholarships available
  • FEE-HELP approved

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The MA Screen: Business and Leadership is a transformational program that provides students with the skills and knowledge to succeed and thrive as leaders in today’s fast-moving screen business environment.

The ability to adapt and thrive are defining features of successful companies. Offering a unique blend of creative leadership and business essentials, in this course you will learn the latest approaches to managing creativity, applying leadership principles to your own workplace and career pathways. By the end of the MA Screen: Business and Leadership, you will have discovered your own unique leadership style; how to shape a working business model; and, crucially, you will also have an understanding of how to persuade people to their cause.

The course is practical, high-level, current and collaborative.

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The Graduate Certificate program offers students the opportunity to discover and develop their creative voice and acquire discipline specific, industry-focused conceptual and professional skills.

Graduate Certificates are designed for students from three distinct areas with diverse skill-sets: screen practitioners who want to develop and build skills within their discipline to take the next step towards industry or further study; screen practitioners who want to expand their existing skill-set outside of their discipline; and practitioners from different fields of expertise who use the course as a catalyst to transition into the screen industry.  

An essential component of the course is collaboration across disciplines. Students investigate the different perspectives of cinematic storytelling and engage in collaborative exercises to build their networks.

These postgraduate courses are delivered part-time across two semesters, on evenings and/or weekends at the AFTRS campus. The course is structured so that students can maintain full-time employment while they gain their qualification.

Disciplines offered in 2018 are: Cinematography, Creative Producing, Directing, Documentary, Editing, Music and Screenwriting.

Key features of the program are:

  • taught by top industry practitioners
  • practice-based learning on campus
  • collaborative exercises within the Graduate Certificate program and other AFTRS courses
  • part-time delivery designed for students to maintain full-time employment
  • small class sizes - maximum of 15 places
  • invitations to unique industry events
  • state-of-the-art equipment available according to the requirements of the course learning outcomes
  • FEE-HELP approved

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A hands-on, highly practical course for tomorrow’s on-air and behind-the-scenes broadcasters.

  • 2018 applications open on 1 July 2017
  • 1 years full time at AFTRS Sydney
  • FEE-HELP approved
  • Scholarships available

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The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.